Hong Kong Visas Made Easy

28

May 2017

How Can I Go From Being a Sponsored Hong Kong Employment Visa Holder to Working in My Own Business as I Wait Out the 7 Years to Permanent Residency Here?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

If you leave your job and want to start your own business in Hong Kong, what are the immigration implications of this if you are a temporary resident foreign national employee?

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QUESTION

Hi Stephen,

I am in a bit of a pickle, I am currently waiting for my PR and I have a visa extension til next year. I have quit my job with my employer as they are unable to pay me the rate I need and that was on the contract due to the economic downturn.

I want to set up my own company and be a service provider for both local and international organisations in Hong Kong as well as grow my own consulting practice.

How do I do this ?

Though I quit my job am I still OK to be in Hong Kong until I set up my business and have it up and running?

Thanks

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26

May 2017

Will My Frequent and Lengthy Visits to Hong Kong Over the Last 2 Years Compromise My Ability to Secure an Employment Visa Subsequently?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

So, you’ve been hanging out in Hong Kong as a Visitor for quite a while and have now decided you wish to become formally resident…. will the extended time spent here previously impact your chances for an employment visa?

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QUESTION

I’ve been staying in Hong Kong for nearly 2 years on a tourist visa, I’ve never overstayed  and I travel out of Hong Kong frequently.

I’ve actually gotten an eChannel pass which was suggested to me by Hong Kong immigration due to number stamps in my passport.

I have an American passport.

I’ve now decided to try to formally settle in Hong Kong and accepted a job offer for a position I am suitably qualified.

The paperwork has been submitted to HKID.

Will it be an issue that I’ve been in and out of Hong Kong so frequently?

Thanks

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24

May 2017

What Chance of Approval for a 3-6 Month Intern Visa for Hong Kong & What Documents Are Needed?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Intern visa for Hong Kong? Internships for foreign national students seeking experience in Hong Kong are getting ever more popular…

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QUESTION

Hi,

Our company is trying to hire an intern on a short 3-6 months internship.

He holds a British passport.

If he meets all the criteria on the Hong Kong Immigration Website, will there be any chance he will still be rejected for the visa?

On top of it, the government requires the sponsoring company to be a well-established company, capable of providing the proposed training, how can we prove that when we apply for him?

Do you have any tips on helping an intern apply for a training visa successfully?

Many thanks.

Documents Referenced in the PodCast Answer & Needed for an Intern (Training) Visa Application

The Applicant

Application form ID992A

Copy of applicant passport bio details pages

Passport size photograph

Updated CV

Personal bank statement

School Transcript of Academic records

Supporting letter issued by the school printed on school letterhead

The Engaging Sponsor

Sponsorship Application form ID992B

Signed Internship Agreement

Copy of Business Registration Certificate

Certificate of Incorporation

Latest Audited Financial Statement

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22

May 2017

Can a Newly Qualified Foreign National Permanent Resident of Hong Kong Automatically Secure PR for His Parents Too?

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

So, just what immigration options for parents accrue to a foreign national holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card?

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QUESTION

Hi there!

 A foreign national became a permanent resident after many years study and work in Hong Kong.

Now he wants to sponsor his parents holding Canadian passports to become a P.R.

In Hong Kong too – any way to do that? 

How long will it take for the application? 

Thank you.

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20

May 2017

Does Time Spent Outside of Hong Kong Working For A Hong Kong Employer Break Continuity of Residence for PR Purposes After 7 Years?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

Time spent outside of Hong Kong working for a Hong Kong employer?

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This question has come up before but the questioner has assumed that his training visa will be extended subsequently so… 

QUESTION

I am married and have two kids aged 8 and 5.

I have recently taken up employment in Hong Kong with a Hong Kong company.

My company has initially sponsored a 9 months employment/training visa for me, as eventually they would like me to work abroad in their overseas subsidiaries.

Given the short term nature of my initial stay in Hong Kong, I haven’t moved my family here and staying alone.

I have got an HK ID and have also opened an HK bank account where my company will pay my salary every month.

Here is my question.

Will the time spent outside HK working on international assignments for my HK based employer, count towards the minimum stay requirement for HK permanent residence?

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Will a short period of time away from Hong Kong break my continuity of residence for my eventual right of right of abode application

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I lived in Hong Kong for 11 years then left for 7 – can I still qualify for the right of abode?

I have an investment visa to run a company based in Hong Kong but choose to live elsewhere – can I still qualify for PR after 7 years?

Will the 2 years I spent studying in China break my continuity of residence for my right of abode application?

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18

May 2017

Hong Kong Visa Geeza – How I F#cked Up Between 2000 and 2010

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On March 2, 2017 I was asked by Campfire in Kennedy Town to contribute to their FUCKUP NIGHT series and invited to share my tale of business woe and commercial misfortunes which befell me between 2000 and 2010.

Hong Kong Visa Geeza – How I F#cked Up Between 2000 and 2010 – this is that 19 minute presentation.

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On Content Marketing

The Last 30 Years

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Lifting the Lid

What Does it Mean?

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16

May 2017

10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application – How We Got Here

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / No responses

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application.

 

This short video sets out the background to the entrepreneur vs startup visa situation which prevails in Hong Kong today.

The Rest of the Series

Introduction

How We Got Here

Must Have Resources

The Startup Visa

Step 1 – Understand Policy

Step 2 – Do You Have a Visa Problem?

Step 3 – Are You An Employee?

Step 4 – A Substantial Contribution?

Step 5 – 3 Crucial Elements

Step 6 – Have You Got Enough $$?

Step 7 – A Properly Set Up Office

Step 8 – Creating Local Jobs

Step 9 – Economic Sector Advantages?

Step 10 – D-I-Y Application


DOWNLOADS

Presentation Slides

Accredited Startup Programmes in Hong Kong

 

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